Suspect in sweepstakes cafe robbery identified

Fayetteville police are trying to identify the men seen in surveillance video during a robbery a sweepstakes parlor Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Fayetteville Police Department)

June 22, 2012 7:57:09 PM PDT
Fayetteville police have identified a suspect from the recent robbery of a sweepstakes parlor.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 27-year-old Gregory James Alexander Burgess, of Fayetteville.

The robbery happened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at Little Vegas in the 2800 block of Owen Drive.

Police said two suspects entered the business, displayed handguns, assaulted an employee and a customer, took an undisclosed amount of money from the business, and then stole a vehicle belonging to the customer when they left the scene.

On Friday, authorities released several pictures captured from surveillance video of the suspects.

Click here to view footage from the surveillance video

Detectives are still looking for Burgress and the other suspect, despite the customer's pickup truck being found abandoned at a Food Lion parking lot in Hope Mills, according to the customer's sister.

Her brother, Andy Floyd, received five stitches in his head from being pistol whipped and robbed at the sweepstakes cafe.

"He told us both to lay face down, and he was holding the gun and I said, 'Sir, please', I said, 'Please don't shoot me I got and a wife and please don't shoot me,'" said Floyd.

Floyd said the suspects repeatedly told them not to look at their faces, but the robbers didn't try to hide from security cameras. As he was being tied up, Floyd said one of the gunmen hit him in the head.

"I didn't know if I had been shot or he had hit me because I couldn't tell because I blacked out for two or three seconds, came back around and felt blood running down my neck," said Floyd.

The other victim, an employee, was also pistol whipped, but didn't need medical treatment.

After the robbery, the suspects stole Floyd's vehicle as they left the scene.

The vehicle was a 2008 Chevy Colorado, dark blue in color with a matching truck bed cover. The vehicle also had an Alabama Crimson Tide sticker in the rear window and silver trim on the exterior of the vehicle. It was apparently found intact early Friday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

The owner of the sweepstakes cafe is also offering a reward for the capture of the suspects.

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